Recipes

Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate

Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook, available at retailers throughout the Annapolis Valley. She’s currently hard at work testing recipes for “Holiday Cooking in Jenny’s Nova Scotia Kitchen”, due out next November. Find lots more recipes at jennyosburn.com This year my friends and I will be resurrecting a holiday tradition we’ve set aside for a few years: a Cookie Exchange. It’s pretty lovely to have an excuse to get together in the busy weeks of December and share family favourites with one another. There’s a lot of…
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Recipe: Somerset Harvest Pasta

Recipe: Somerset Harvest Pasta By Jenny Osburn, “The Union Street Cafe Cookbook” Last month I got to cook lunch with grade 5 students at our local elementary school. The kids had started a vegetable garden in the spring. Dedicated volunteers tended the garden all summer so there was plenty to harvest in October. A celebration was in order! I was thrilled when my friend Megan, a teacher at Somerset, asked me to pitch in. We made a plan to cook with the vegetables the students harvested. There were purple carrots, zucchini, beets, and a mountain of kale. Maybe not the…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Cat-Tail Pickles

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Cat-Tail Pickles Melanie Priesnitz I was not a child to play with swords. I much preferred making dandelion soup, so I have only recently discovered how much fun having a fencing duel with cat-tails can be. If done at the right time of the year you get the added bonus of covering your opponent with either fluff or pollen. I have lately found myself with a surplus of cat-tails and am discovering all sorts of uses for them – there are a plethora. Typha latifolia, commonly known as cat-tail is a common…
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Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili

By Darrin Harvey Sue is a superb cook. She put herself through Acadia as a caterer. This is one thing I can ‘cook’ (for lack of a better term) that we both really like. We mix it all up before work and come home to supper ready and the house smelling amazing.  It’s a fantastic, we’re-both-too-busy-to-cook fall meal. It makes leftovers for days. Ingredients 1 lb pork tenderloin 16oz jar of salsa 3 – 15oz cans of black beans I cup instant brown rice 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 tsp ground cumin 2-3 tsp chili powder 1-1&1/2 tsp dried oregano…
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Annapolis Valley Apple Loaf

Lindsay Reid, Rolled Oat Cafe | www.therolledoat.com   It’s that apple time of year. We’ve been watching them grow all summer…we celebrated their blossoms, and now we can finally get a taste. When it comes to baking, I prefer a Cortland for its crisp firm texture and tart flavour. This apple loaf recipe is quick and simple, but tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. I make a few at a time, and pop them in the freezer so that I always have a delicious dessert on hand that can be ready in a few minutes. Ingredients 1…
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Butternut Squash Soup

Working in the herb garden this past weekend, I came across my planting of sage.  Waiting patiently all summer.  Now with the cooler nights upon us, a hearty warming bowl of butternut squash soup is in order….garnished with, as you may have guessed, fresh sage. Ingredients 1 large butternut squash (3 ½ lbs) 2 cups onion – diced medium 2 cups diced carrots – diced medium 1 cup celery – sliced 5 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaves 1 can coconut milk Salt White pepper 2 tbsp Lemon juice ½ cup maple syrup ¼ cup fresh chopped sage Method Pre-heat…
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We love these brownies! They are a perfectly guiltless dessert, full of protein and super easy to make. If you are new to gluten-free baking, this recipe is one to keep on hand because they are delicious and do not require many ingredients. I make these so often that we change them up; sometimes I put chopped pecans or walnuts on top, sometimes chocolate frosting or, for a special treat, top them with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries. Make them: Preheat oven to 350 Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper (you can also use an 8 inch round…
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Rolled Oatcakes

My mom was good at baking a lot of things but these oatcakes were one of my favourite things she did.  I remember eating them for breakfast in the morning with homemade strawberry jam. She would always make a big batch but they wouldn’t last very long in our house! Ingredients: 4 cups oats 1 cup sugar 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup vegetable shortening 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water (I like to add a sprinkle of cardamon just to make them my own!) Method: Mix oats, sugar, salt and flour. Cut in…
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Summer Tabouli

An abundance of juicy nourishment emerges during summer to help protect us from the seasonal heat. The following recipe incorporates fresh mint and cucumber to cool you down. This is a flexible dish that can be adapted to your tastes, imagination and creativity. Have fun. Summer Tabouli 1 – 2 bunches of finely chopped parsley 1 cup chopped fresh mint (you can add lemon balm) 1 cup of your favourite cooked grain (Bulgur, Quinoa, Millet, Rice, etc.) 1 chopped tomato ½ chopped (diced or sliced) English cucumber 3 green onions chopped (or fresh chives) ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup…
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Classic Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse originally was a stew made by Marseille fishermen using the bony rockfish that they were unable to sell to restaurants or markets. This French seafood stew shows off the catch of the day in a flavourful homemade stock. Herbed rouille (a thick bread-based garlic sauce) spooned onto the soup or spread on toasted baguette slices adds a special finishing touch. Lewis Acker Bouillabaisse ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 fennel, cored and thinly sliced 1 leek, (white and light green parts) sliced 1 tbsp grated orange zest 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 c. dry white…
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